Report - Swansea City 3-0 West Brom
30th August 2014
Swansea City's superb start to the season continued this afternoon with their most convincing win yet, brushing aside a poor West Brom 3-0 thanks to Nathan Dyer's brace and magnificent volleyed goal from Wayne Routledge.
Garry Monk named an unchanged side for the third consecutive game and deservedly so for the eleven starting players as their passing football linked together faultlessly.
The Swans were well on their way for another League win after just 2 minutes when Nathan Dyer rounded the goalkeeper to score from close range after Sigurdsson's superb back-heeled pass through for the winger.
West Brom simply didn't have an answer for Swansea's quick, passing football - allowing them far too much time and space to knock the ball from side to side as they always looked to get work it down the flanks with Dyer and Routledge again both showing off their talent.
Monk's side produced some excellent football last week in their 1-0 home win against Burnley, but it was at a higher level today. Spells of possession lasted longer, it was crisper and unlike last Saturday, there were no errors here and there that gifted the opposition some early chances.
Apart from collecting a few high balls and receiving it back from defenders, Fabianski had nothing to do as he watched his side knock the ball around in style.
Jonjo Shelvey also produced a much improved performance alongside Ki in midfield after an inconsistent display against the Clarets. He looked far more comfortable in possession, and kept things far more simple after being guilty of putting his side under avoidable pressure against Burnley.
After Dyer's early opener, it gave the Swans a platform to build on as they kept pushing forward, pinning the Baggies back in their own half.
Wilfried Bony was again struggling to hit the target, heading Shelvey's cross over the bar and also firing over as Monk's side hoped to have two or three goals to make for a safer second half than last week's.
After 24 minutes, the Swans doubled their advantage when a cross was headed clear, but only as far as Routledge - waiting for rebounds on the edge of the box. The ball fell awkwardly at about waist height, but the winger somehow shifted his body - allowing him to volley the ball past Ben Foster and into the corner of the net - contender for goal of the month - at least.
West Brom didn't allow Swansea's wingers to get in behind them as easily as Burnley did but they still gave them more than enough space to threaten. The host's workrate and desire to regain possession gave the visitors no chance of getting a goal back before the break.
Olsson, at the back for West Brom, looked far from a tower of strength in defence, almost gifted Swansea City a third and all but 3 points but his header came back off the crossbar.
One-twos, give and go's, switching play and clever moment were all crucial elements to Swansea's dominant passing football. Options were all over the pitch for Swansea's central midfielders - whether it was Bony and Sigurdsson through the middle or the full back and winger combinations down the flanks.
At the restart, West Brom showed a slight improvement in their play as they needed a quick goal to get back into the game but apart from a few corners and crosses, Swansea's 2-goal lead looked safe enough for the time being.
Again, Fabianski looked reliable and confident whenever the ball came his way, catching well and punching when needed, he was a safe pair of hands in the rare occasion that his defence failed to clear the danger.
A fading Routledge was replaced by Jefferson Montero and he needed very little time to show off his lightning pace. The Ecuador international has an excellent habit of getting his side into the final third with blistering 30-40-yard runs. He provided with his best chance yet to score his first goal of the season. Montero had time to wait to pick out the striker but he fired over the bar from inside the area.
Bony also had another good chance to score when West Brom were guilty of a pass back but this time his shot was on target, but saved by Foster.
The third goal did come though and Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nathan Dyer linked up again. The Icelandic midfielder threaded the ball through for Dyer and he made no mistake with a low finish at the near post.
West Brom finally woke up and forced the Swansea defence and Fabianski to really working to protect their clean sheet, but even one goal at this stage of the game was always going to be far too late.
Sessegnon saw his effort hit the bar and Fabianski had a couple of saves to make but at 3-0, the three points were a certainty.
It was another impressive display from Swansea City, they keep going from strength to strength and they probably didn't want the 2-week international break coming up as they're on a fantastic run.